Saturday, January 7, 2012

'Soul Rebels Unite' and The Empower Communities Project Returns: Friday, Jan 20, New Bedford, MA

VenusSings.com, rhymeCulture RI, Isis Storm & La Soul Renaissance Present
Soul Rebels Unite:
An Empower Communities Event and Reggae Bashment

Friday, January 20, 2012
Black Watch Pub
266 Dartmouth Street
New Bedford, MA
 
$7.00 admission / 21 plus

Confirmed Artists: Tem Blessed & Blest Energy ft. the Empress, aka Cita-Light ~ Isis Storm ~ The Dubber ~ King-I ~ Erik Andrade ~ The AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra ~ DJ Blade Mon ~ Rebel International. 
 
7-9PM: People of Culture Mixer and Marketplace and Empower Communities workshops with local, regional and national activists, entrepreneurs, poets and musicians 
 
9PM-2AM: Hip Hop and Reggae Performances, DJ's, and Sound Systems. PLUS album release party for "Re-Energized" by Tem Blessed & Blest Energy ft. the Empress, aka Cita-Light.
 
Info: www.VenusSings.com ~ www.IsisStorm.com ~ WRIU, 90.3 FM ~ WUMD, 89.3 FM ~ 401-217-9680 ~ 401-378-5349 ~ singsvenus@gmail.com  
 

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(NEW BEDFORD, MA) - The Empower Communities Project, originally The Empower Providence Project, is a series that kicked off its inaugural celebration in October 2010 to give local and national artists a chance to showcase their talent and approach to music and grassroots community organizing.

The aims of the Empower Communities Project are to gather resources and audiences around the topic of using art and media for changing communities, and to introduce new audiences to professional artists who play music reflecting community issues and concerns. The series emerged as an alternative way of engaging young people and underserved communities in creating their own solutions and repairing their own cities.

On Friday, January 20, 2012, we will bring a third installment of the newly named Empower Communities Project to the city of New Bedford with Soul Rebels Unite: An Empower Communities Event and Reggae Bashment. Soul Rebels Unite will highlight activists and change-makers from the city alongside regional, national, and internationally-known music acts for a night of music and personal transformation. It will also serve as an album release celebration for Tem Blessed & Blest Energy featuring The Empress, a New Bedford-based group of musicians who perform and use hip hop and live music as a tool to educate, empower and inspire youth and communities.

Soul Rebels Unite will be held at the Black Watch Pub, 266 Dartmouth Street in New Bedford, MA, with community workshops and a “People of Culture Mixer and Marketplace” going on from 7:00-9:00 pm and with live music and DJ’ing from 9:00pm-2:00am. The event is open to the public and attendees that are 21 or older. Admission is $7 for members of the public, with special rates and tickets available to grassroots organizations and small businesses who want to help sponsor the event.

In the vein of the previous Empower events, activists, entrepreneurs, poets and musicians (including recent New Bedford School Committee candidate, Erik Andrade) will lead the Mixer and Marketplace, and prior to the event, several of the evening’s performers will engage in work with youth – specifically participating in a brown bag lunch discussion and intimate performance with participants of YouthBuild New Bedford.

To learn more about several of the featured bands, or for more information about vendor and sponsor rates, see the pages accompanying this letter or contact Empower Communities lead organizer, Reza Clifton, by email at singsvenus@gmail.com or by phone at (401) 217-9680.

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